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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 17

August 17th, 2017

Driver Caught on Camera Passing School Bus on Shoulder
NorthEscambia.com (Florida), Aug. 17, 2017

A Cantonment driver was caught on camera passing a loading school bus on the grassy shoulder of the road. The incident happened just after 7 Tuesday morning. In the photo, a student can been seen boarding the school bus as the Honda Pilot approached the front of the bus. (NorthEscambia.com image)


Cars Speed Through School Zones
WDSU-TV NBC 6 (Louisiana), Aug. 15, 2017

The city of New Orleans recently increased the amount of traffic cameras around the city, including many in school zones. In an effort to show the danger of speeding, the Orleans Parish School Board released video of motorists speeding through school zones. School zone speed limits are 20 mph, but many cars can be seen going more than 40 mph in the video that was released. The lights on the school zone signs are visibly turned on. See related coverage at The Times Picayune.  (WDSU-TV NBC 6 image)

Red-Light Cameras to Address Red-Light Running Epidemic
KENS-TV CBS 5 (Texas), Aug. 8, 2017

It’s easily one of the most frustrating roads that runs through the San Antonio area: Bandera Road, specifically the stretch between Loop 410 and Loop 1604. In fact, the congestion has gotten so bad that the Leon Valley police chief said it has led to an “epidemic” of red light runners. That’s why red-light cameras will be going up soon.  See related coverage at Laredo Morning Times/LMTonline.com  (KENS-TV CBS 5 image)

5 Additional Red-Light Cameras in Use in Fayetteville
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), Aug. 8, 2017

Drivers in Fayetteville need to make sure to keep an eye on the city’s newest red-light cameras. The five new cameras installed around the city became operational last week and police said the grace period they were giving drivers in those areas is now over. (WNCN-TV CBS 17 image)


Amarillo City Council Votes to Keep, Expand Camera Program
KFDA-TV CBS 10 (Texas), Aug. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras will be around Amarillo for at least five more years, and there will be more of them. City Council members voted unanimously tonight to renew the city’s contract with American Traffic Solutions and to add cameras. The company currently operates nine cameras in the city at eight intersections.  (KFDA-TV CBS 10 image)

Haines City to Keep Red Light Cameras
News Chief (Florida), Aug. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras in Haines City won’t be going away soon. The City Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to extend an agreement with American Traffic Solutions for three years.


Fayetteville’s Facebook Town Hall Addresses Red-Light Cameras
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), Aug. 15, 2017

Fayetteville officials are inviting people to take part in a Facebook town hall meeting about five new red-light cameras installed in the city. … “We hope to convey the rationale behind the implementation of the cameras and the benefits to resident safety,” said Kevin V. Arata, the city’s corporate communications director.

FBI Warns of Traffic Ticket Scam Targeting Teen Drivers
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), Aug. 12, 2017

The FBI wants you to know that scammers are now targeting teenagers and using scare tactics to essentially extort money from them. … FBI Special Agent Scott Augenbaum told NewsChannel 5 Investigates, ABC 15’s sister station in Nashville, the caller might say something like this, “The other day, your car went through a red light camera. We tried to contact you. And, as a new driver, you are going to go to jail or your license will be taken away unless you pay the fine of $250.”

Tucson Ranked 9th in Most Red-Light Running Fatalities
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Aug. 9, 2017

Tucson is one of the top 10 cities with the most fatalities linked to drivers running red lights. The National Coalition for Safer Roads analyzed data from 2004-2013 to compile the list. Tucson ranked 9th with 61 red-light running fatalities reported in the 9-year time frame. Houston ranked first. (KVOA-TV NBC 4 image)

Photo Enforcement Funds Tapped for Seattle School Buses
SeattleMet (Washington), Aug. 8, 2017

Seattle council members back in June approved giving Seattle Public Schools $2.3 million to switch to a new two-tier bus system this fall — but the remaining question was where the money would come from. The council on Monday unanimously approved using revenue from the Seattle Department of Transportation’s photo enforcement program, using school zone and red-light cameras to issue citations for traffic safety. (KING-TV NBC 5 image)

Boynton Beach Red-Light Cameras Back in September
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Aug. 8, 2017

Boynton Beach drivers beware: After an eight-month hiatus, the city’s 15 red-light cameras will be turned back on Friday, Sept. 1. There will be a two-week warning period so drivers have time to adjust to the re-institution of the red-light camera program and modify their driving behavior, Boynton Police spokesperson Stephanie Slaver said. See related coverage at Sun Sentinel.

City of Willis Wins Appeal in Red-Light Camera Case
The Courier of Montgomery County (Texas), Aug. 6, 2017

An appeals court has sided with the City of Willis in an ongoing legal battle over the use of red light cameras and the issuance of fines associated with those cameras. … The Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont ruled in the city’s favor. The justices concurred with the 14th Court of Appeals ruling in Edwards v. City of Tomball, which held that a city that sets up a red-light enforcement program must establish an exclusive administrative procedure to handle disputes related to the program. The Ninth Court determined that even if the city failed to conduct a traffic engineering study before installing the cameras, “such an irregularity does not allow a party to completely circumvent or ignore the administrative procedure.”

Speeding’s Role in Crashes Bigger than First Thought, Feds Say
Governing, Aug. 14, 2017

Researchers have actually underestimated how often speed is a factor in fatal crashes, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The finding is significant, considering that speed is already one of the most widely reported causes of deadly crashes. … The NTSB went further, by urging traffic engineers to rethink how they set speed limits and for states and localities to use speed cameras more often.  Read full study here.  (MyNorthwest.com/AP image)

Speed Camera Plan May Be on Fast Track in Pennsylvania
The Meadville Tribune, Aug. 10, 2017

The Pennsylvania state Senate in July passed legislation that would allow the Department of Transportation to install speed cameras in construction work zones. State Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said his committee will examine that bill when the House returns to session in the fall. The House may also look to amend the Senate plan by folding into it a separate measure proposed by Taylor to create  pilot program to use speed cameras in parts of Philadelphia, he said. … State data shows that work zone safety is a problem in Pennsylvania. The number of crashes in work zones in 2016 was the highest in the last five years and is 25 percent more than the state saw in 2012.



ATS_RoadSafety retweeted NHTSA @NHTSAgov Speeding killed 9,557 people in 2015. Kill speed — not yourself.

ATS_RoadSafety retweeted  IIHS @IIHS_autosafety (1/2) Red-light-running crashes can be catastrophic. Red light cameras reduce crashes and save lives. ow.ly/hJhc30ep8CM

ATS_RoadSafety retweeted  IIHS @IIHS_autosafety (2/2) Turning off red-light cameras costs lives. Read more on this recent study: ow.ly/G1WX30ep8XG



Drivers Changing Tune about I-405 Tolling
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Aug. 16, 2017

Nearly two years after the Washington State Department of Transportation installed express lane tolling on I-405, drivers are beginning to change their opinions about their effectiveness, according to a new survey. For instance, 17 months ago, 87 percent of surveyed drivers did not support express lane tolling, but a June 2017 poll shows 60 percent of drivers like having the option of toll lanes. Also, earlier results showed 77 percent of people thought toll lanes on I-405 did not reduce congestion, but now, 64 percent of respondents say the lanes do help reduce congestion. Read survey here. (WDOT image)

FDOT’s 1st Toll Reader Structure Goes Up on I-295
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Aug. 11, 2017

The first toll structure in Jacksonville in 28 years went up last weekend without any fanfare. Early Sunday morning, construction crews put up the first toll gantry on I-295. The gantry will be part of a system to electronically collect tolls for the use of express lanes that are due to open early next year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. (WJXT-TV Channel 4 and FDOT image)


Editorial: We Back Traffic Cameras with Some Reservations
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Aug. 8, 2017

Waterloo apparently will be joining other cities across the state and nation in employing cameras to ticket traffic offenders — particularly speeders and motorists who are running red lights. At the Aug. 7 City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the second reading of a proposed ordinance, which would make Waterloo the first Black Hawk County community to employ the cameras. … In the end, we believe safety factors should win out. Let’s face it; running a red light is dangerous. We grudgingly place our support behind the traffic enforcement cameras at the high-crash intersections, as outlined by Waterloo’s police chief.


“The children are our top priority, the teachers and the educators and the faculty are our top priority, and we want them to have a very great school year, so we’re asking people to slow down because there will be consequences for those who are speeding in our school zones creating an unsafe environment.”
Michael Harrison, New Orleans Police Department Chief
The Times Picayune (Louisiana), Aug. 15, 2017

“For me, it’s about safety; it isn’t about money. I’m for stopping people from breaking the law.”
Horace West, Haines City Commissioner
News Chief (Florida), Aug. 15, 2017

“We have noticed a decrease though, especially at our major intersections that have the red light cameras. We’ve done a couple of studies and analyzed the data and overall found a decrease in the red light running.”
Jeff Sulewski, Toledo Police Lieutenant
WTOL-TV CBS 11 (Ohio), Aug. 8, 2017